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UNESCO Pre-Conference Events and Activities

Events organized ahead of the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States

Samoa Conference III: Opportunities and Challenges for a Sustainable Cultural and Natural Environment

26-29 August 2014
Lead Organizer: National University of Samoa  

The third Samoa Conference (SCIII) will reflect on the theme of the SIDS conference in relation to sustainable development in small island states, at a time when small islands are uniquely challenged by the future impacts of climate change. However the SCIII theme embraces the concept of ‘sustainable development’ in the broadest sense.  It will be the occasion to explore questions of how to sustain and protect  Samoa’s past, present and future achievements  in relation to  the natural environment, culture, language, literature history, heritage, communications, science, health and education.  A case study entitled Multiple Stresses, Veiled threat: Saltwater Intrusion in Samoa will be presented by Denis Chang Seng and Leo Berthe, as a contribution to the significant event.

SIDS T.A.L.A.V.O.U. Pre-Conference Forum - Youth Forum

© Didier Baertschiger / Flickr

Towards A Legacy of Achievement, Versatility, Opportunity through partnership and Unity
28 August 2014
Lead Organizers: the Government of Samoa and the United Nations

The Pre-Conference Forum on youth will focus on identifying opportunities for young people from Small Island Developing States. It builds on work done by UNESCO, UNICEF and other organizations in preparing youth to participate in the overall SIDS+20 process, which commenced in early 2013. The outcome of this forum will help inform the dialogue process and plenary discussions.

Special Event on Safeguarding the Shared Heritage in Samoa

Apia Courthouse in Samoa, 30 August 1914. © Bunge Family Collection, Museum of Samoa/A.J.Tattersall

29 August 2014
Lead Organizer: The Government of Samoa in cooperation with the German and New Zealand authorities and UNESCO  

This event will commemorate the recent inscription of the 'Archives of the German-Samoa administration 1900 – 1914' in the Asia-Pacific Memory of the World Register.

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